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Over 18,000 pilgrims pay obeisance at Amarnath

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Srinagar, Jul 03: As many as 18,467 pilgrims today paid obeisance at the cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas, an official spokesperson said.

He said till date 54,833 pilgrims have paid obeisance at the Amarnath cave shrine.

Meanwhile, today the sixth batch of 3,489 Amarnath pilgrims today left Jammu for the cave shrine, amid tight security, a senior official said.

The pilgrims, including 774 women and 237 Sadhus, left for the cave shrine in 114 vehicles from the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu at 2:30 am, he said.

He said 2,252 pilgrims left in 69 vehicles for the Pahalgam base camp and 1,237 in 45 vehicles for the Baltal base camp.

The official said with today's batch, 23,718 pilgrims have left for the cave shrine from the Jammu base camp.

Notwithstanding incessant rains and threat of flash floods in the Valley, the Yatra to the shrine commenced as per scheduled on June 28 after several hours of delay.

The 60-day Yatra will conclude on August 26 coinciding with 'Raksha Bandhan'.

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